Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Yet tour hits New York City!

Let’s go back to 2002 – you wake up for school, turn on MTV (back when they actually played music) and see the video for New Found Glory’s “My Friends Over You.” This was how I first came across the band. At the time, I had no idea what the song was and had never heard of them up until that point, but my twelve-year-old self was blown away and I instantly became hooked on their music. Fast forward over twenty years later, and New Found Glory is still at it and going stronger than ever. They have done many Warped Tour runs alongside different genres of bands, and in early 2019, they released a trailer with fellow pop-punk band Simple Plan announcing a tour called “Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Yet.” I was super excited and bought tickets right away.

A few months later, a huge pandemic hit us and stopped bands from touring at all. The tour was cancelled and rebooked a few times over the next year or so, but even with line up changes it was set to continue no matter what. Finally the day came. It was a nice, breezy, and cool day in New York City, and the fact that the venue was up on top of a building overlooking Brooklyn made the show that much more special. The tour now consisted of LOLO (a pop/pop punk artist based out of Toronto), as well as Hot Mulligan and the infamous Less Than Jake.

The show started out a little lighter with LOLO, who has a poppy sound, but mixes some pop punk in there as well.

Then Hot Mulligan came on, with a very intense punk sound that punches you right in the face.

After Hot Mulligan was the infamous Less Than Jake, who is known for playing the style of punk music called Ska and were famous on the Vans Warped Tour route. Less Than Jake hit the stage hard with their strong ska sound.

Finally, it was time for the legendary New Found Glory. The mood was set by using a Backstreet Boys song “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). They kicked into their set with the song “Understatement” and continued to kick ass all night long playing classics like “All Downhill From Here,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Vicious Love,” “Dressed to Kill,” and the song I fell in love with them through, “My Friends Over You”. It’s not often that you come across a band that has been going strong for over twenty years, but it has been an amazing experience so far.

Photos & review by Anthony Petrizzo

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